Voters react to Jackson Decides debate

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JACKSON, Tenn. — More than 250 people packed into Ayers Auditorium Thursday night at Jackson State Community College, all of them looking to hear the candidates’ visions for the next four years. With some heated debate and even some laughs, most say they have a better idea of how they’ll vote. “I think it was something that Jackson needed to see,” voter Peaches Nesbitt said. It was standing room only for Jackson’s only debate in the race for mayor. “My opinion has definitely changed after today’s debate,” Justice Fausc said. “I found out a lot of stuff about these candidates that I didn’t know. It was really heated, and I like it.” It was questions by the people for their candidates, and voters say all five had opinions they wanted to hear. “The questions that were asked were very relevant to the issues we have here in Jackson,” Ed Carey said. “But I would have liked to heard a little more meat to some of the answers.” Even members of the audience got in on the questions, which ranged from schools to crime, something Jackson State students say brought it all together. “I’ve never been to a debate — this is my first one,” student Summer Vaughn said. “It was very interesting to see what each candidate has to offer us for the next few years.” With some moments of intense debate and a few laughs, audience members say the candidates made their opinions known. “We got a little loose once in a while,” Carey said. “But I think that it showed that the candidates are engaged.” “It definitely was heated,” student Hannah Chandler said. “It was a heated argument and a lot of laughs.”

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